After having to wait for his opportunity to arrive since signing for Dundee in the summer, Lewis Spence has grabbed the opportunity with both hands since being given the nod by Neil McCann but for the youngster, he thought it was a prank call when he found out the Dark Blues were after him.
The youngster was all set to go part-time and sign for Championship club Brechin City until McCann, who had worked with Spence at Dunfermline, picked up the phone to offer him deal at Dens.
“The move came out of the blue late one night after the gaffer got the job,” said Spence.
“I thought it was a prank call! I hadn’t really kicked a ball for a couple of years so for a Premiership club to come along wanting to sign me was a shock.
“But the gaffer just said he was keen to bring me up to Dundee. I had been talking with Brechin as I’d been there before and felt I just needed game-time in the Championship.
“I had agreed terms with them to go part-time but hadn’t signed anything.
“Thankfully Brechin helped me with the Dundee deal. Darren Dods and his assistant Lee Bailey were keen for me to come here as well as they knew it was a bigger and better move for me.”
Lewis Spence was still learning his trade at Dunfermline when he caught the eye of then management due, Jim Jeffries and McCann as his number two.
“When I was 16 or 17 I was playing with Dunfermline’s Under-20s but Neil and the manager Jim Jefferies brought me in about the first team.
“He (McCann) was always trying to help and encourage me, saying he believed in me. He was a big influence.
“I appreciate everything he has done for me. It was a big risk for him bringing me to Dundee – I’m looking to put in good performances to repay him.
“Hopefully we can also climb up the table. With the squad we have we can finish in the top six.”